California Mission Santa Clara de Asis - Paper Model Project Kit

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Mission Santa Clara

A Brief History

The 8th mission founded in California. It was founded on January 12,Ā 1777 by Friar Junipero Serra. Named for Saint Claire of Assisi, the founder of the order of Poor Clares.

Santa Clara was the second of the San Francisco missions that were placed per the Viceroyā€™s order thatĀ two settlements were to be near the great port to prevent enemy occupation or attack. The first, MissionĀ Dolores, had been established in 1776 and everyone was ready for the second mission to be founded, butĀ authorization was delayed due to native uprisings in San Luis Obispo.

After two months of waiting, the approval arrived and parties from both San Francisco and Monterey setĀ out for the new site. This site was about forty miles southeast of Mission Dolores, on the bank of aĀ stream named Rio de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe by Juan Bautista de Anza.

On January 5, 1777, Lieutenant Moraga and Father Tomas de la Pena with soldiers and families set outĀ for the Guadalupe River. On January 12th they planted the cross and constructed an arbor for a use as aĀ church. They then laid out the square with space for the church, dwellings, granaries and a guardhouse.

Two weeks later Father Hose Murguia arrived with the church goods, tools and cattle. The buildingsĀ started soon after.

Unfortunately the natives came to conflict with the soldiers, after killing some of the soldiers mules, aĀ detachment was send from San Francisco. Finding natives feasting on the mule meat, the soldiersĀ attempted to capture them, the native resisted and three were killed and some of the leaders wereĀ captured. The prisoners were taken to Santa Clara and there flogged. The natives continued to stealĀ from the mission. In May, an epidemic struck, killing many of the native children. As a result, moreĀ than fifty native children were baptized afterward.

Due to flooding the buildings had to be moved several times. In 1781, the cornerstone was laid for aĀ new church, the third, as per designs of Father Murguia. Father Serra arrived and blessed the cross andĀ the cornerstone. The church was called Father Murguiaā€™s church because he put his very heart into it.

But four days before Father Serra arrived to consecrate it, he died. Less than four months later, FatherĀ Serra also died.

In 1911, the cornerstone was found by accident when a gas line was being repaired. Found in theĀ cornerstone were small crucifixes and Spanish coins which are now on display in the museum of theĀ University of Santa Clara.

Santa Clara has two padres who were beloved by the people. Father Magin de Catala was a sincere andĀ pious man. He loved the native children and they adored him back. He was known as The ProphetĀ because he could foretell events, such as the coming of the Americans and the discovery of gold. HisĀ associate Father Jose Viader, was an immense man of physical stature and a warm heart. A story tells ofĀ a disgruntled native named Marcelo and two of his companions attacked the padre and he beat themĀ down, but then he lectured them and forgave them, soon Marcelo was one of the padreā€™s best friends.

Santa Clara has problems with the Pueblo of San Jose that was founded the same year as Santa ClaraĀ and was close in location. The settlerā€™s cattle frequently mixed with the missions and there were heatedĀ disputes of water rights to the Guadalupe River. Father Catala helped the situation when he built a fourmileĀ Alameda linking the communities. Nearly two hundred natives planted three rows of black willowsĀ to border this road. Other trees replaced many of the willows over the years and the center row was cutĀ down when the road was widened. But some of the ancient trees are still standing to this day.

In 1836, secularization took place and the natives were dispersed. After the American occupation, theĀ land was partly returned to the Church, which gave them to the Jesuit Order for use as a college seat. InĀ 1851 classes began and the college was chartered by the state four years later. This is now theĀ University of Santa Clara.

Earthquakes and fires plagued the mission. Several mission churches were damaged and severe damageĀ fell upon the three bells, two of which were given by the King of Spain in 1799. In 1926 a fire began inĀ the restored tower. The students and faculty fought to save the church relics, but the church wasĀ consumed, one bell melted and the other cracked from the heat. But one bell, made in 1789 survivedĀ undamaged and it hands in the restored church that was rebuilt in 1929.

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